Defense and security company Saab May 12 said it is extending its surface radar portfolio, introducing five all-new complementary Giraffe radars for land and sea.  

For the first time Saab’s Giraffe radars also offer a solution for long-range air surveillance.

There is now a Giraffe option for every air surveillance and air defense application, on land and at sea.

Saab’s combat-proven surface radar portfolio, including Giraffe AMB and Arthur radars, has been improved and expanded through the addition of new technologies and designs.

Alongside its existing products, Saab is now producing new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar variants for land and sea.

“I’m proud to present this important milestone in our surface radar development,” said Micael Johansson, head of Saab’s business area Electronic Defense Systems. “Our portfolio now caters for all advanced radar requirements, from very short- to long-range air defense, but also surveillance, and weapons location with true multi-role functionality.”

This move strengthens the current product offering and also takes the Giraffe firmly into the long-range air surveillance domain and puts an entirely new capability onto the market, the company said in a statement.

These radars use leap-ahead design techniques that put them in a class of their own in terms of performance and capability.

Saab has more than 30 years of AESA design experience. This, coupled with Saab’s understanding of radar cost, performance, reliability and packaging issues–results in a unique technology solution. Saab’s advanced surface-based radars are highly effective against multiple ‘difficult’ air targets in the most dense and challenging operational environments.

Saab’s surface-based radar family for land and sea now includes:

Giraffe 1X and Sea Giraffe 1X: short-range radars fitted with an X-band AESA, offering a comprehensive set of 3D functions with impressive performance and flexibility.

Giraffe 4A and Sea Giraffe 4A: medium- to long-range radars, combining air surveillance, air defence, sense and warn and weapon locating capabilities in a single, low-footprint S-band AESA-based unit.

Giraffe 8A: a long-range S-band AESA radar, including anti-ballistic missile capability, that pushes performance and functionality to a new level.

Giraffe AMB and Sea Giraffe AMB: Saab’s existing short-to medium-range surveillance radar and command and control system for ground-based air defense. These combat proven C-band systems have now been enhanced with increased range and coverage.

Arthur: Saab’s combat proven C-band medium-range weapons-locating system which detects and locates enemy fire. With 80 units sold to date, the system’s performance and functionality has now been further enhanced.

Saab’s In-Service Solutions is another part of the overall radar family product offering and is currently contracted by more than 20 customers worldwide. Saab’s radar logistics support removes 100 percent of real-life risks related to cost of ownership and has proven to deliver 98.5 percent long-term mission availability, the company statement said.

Finally, Saab also offers a Common Radar Upgrade solution, providing upgrades to or extending the lifetime of customers’ existing (non-Saab) radar systems.

Saab has more than 3,000 radar systems in operation in 30 countries.